Lately I have been getting dissatisfied with some of my daily routines. There sometimes seemed a dullness that I couldn't account for. And things pile up in circumstances that make me feel under the load instead of sitting in the heavenly places (Eph. 2:6) where I am supposed to be. I wondered what I could do to get above these things. Then I remembered that praise and being thankful works wonders for the kind of thoughts I had been having.
Now there were several different years where I counted my miracles each day. I put the date and each time I listed something that was unusual and exciting. Not all of the days had what most people would consider a miracle, yet I had my share. This time I just want to list blessings. If all I can find is a sunny day, I want to be thankful for it. In some ways, it is a miracle that the sun warms us and doesn't burn us up. Much of the universe is so constructed that a tiny movement either way could even cause life to cease on this planet. So who is to say what is a miracle anyway?
I started a few days ago because I had such a wonderful day that I just had to write it down and give it some worth. Yes, I do praise God for each day and thank Him regularly, but just writing something down gives it an extra bit of honor and permanency that just speaking it may lack. It also is a key to remembering important things. So far, I have gotten a very good series of results from a blood test and discovered that I do not have diabetes. My granddaughter had a good report on something that could have been bad, but it turned out to be normal and will go away. And one day I almost lost a just completed blog by pushing a button wrong or something. The Lord saved it for me. That was weird. Also, I have been trying to keep my computer files clean and I lost my cookies and the computer actually told me how to get them back.
The most important part of this exercise is not the having the list, but the doing. When a year is done, I can read it over and oooh and aaah over my blessings. But the best benefit is in the now. I look forward to what could be, might be happening to add sparkle to my list. I expect something special to write down.
I guess I'm just getting started early on Thanksgiving. I love Nov. and thinking thankful things during the month. As I said, this is in addition to my regular praise and thanks. I expect to see some major things on my list and if I can encourage you or bless you in any way by this blog, that would be another big blessing for me.